January 3-February 14

Red Butte Garden


Please contact Jason Alba at: jason.alba@redbutte.utah.edu


January 3-February 14

Calling All Poets!

Spring is right around the corner, which means it's time for Red Butte Garden's seventh annual Spring Poetry contest. Poets of all ages are invited to enter original, spring-inspired poems. Eleven winners will have their poems displayed in the Garden's poetry boxes and on the Garden's social media platforms this April and May in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Submissions will be accepted January 3-February 14, 2022.

Submission Guidelines

  • Open to Utah residents only
  • No more than 24 lines
  • Must be the original work of the author
  • Must be themed around springtime or relevant to the Garden
  • Must be appropriate for all ages
  • Must be submitted by the published deadline
  • One entry per person
  • By submitting your poems, the author grants Red Butte Garden a license to publish and reproduce the poem online and in other media.

Poems will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Inspired by nature
  • Relevant to the spring season or the Garden
  • 24 lines or shorter
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • All entries will be judged blind with author names removed from each entry before judging.

Take a Garden Poetry Walk to find our eleven poetry boxes.